Gracenote

  • Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs

    Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs

    Tribune has hired M-Go CEO John Batter to lead the Gracenote team as its new chief executive. There he’ll report to Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori and be tasked with setting the strategic direction and running day-to-day operations of the company’s video and audio metadata business. Read More

  • Gracenote Teams With Musicmetric To Bring Social Data To Its Rhythm Music-Recommendation Platform

    Gracenote Teams With Musicmetric To Bring Social Data To Its Rhythm Music-Recommendation Platform

    Today Gracenote announced that Rhythm, its Internet radio and music recommendation service, is becoming a bit smarter with new inclusion of social data from Musicmetric. Rhythm is a white-label service that helps companies and brands create Internet radio solutions, but doesn’t provide music licenses. Gracenote is more than willing to help connect you to a raw music provider, but is… Read More

  • Tribune Has Closed Its Acquisition Of Gracenote… Here’s What Comes Next

    Tribune Has Closed Its Acquisition Of Gracenote… Here’s What Comes Next

    Tribune announced plans to acquire Gracenote from Sony for $170 million in cash, and to combine the company with its Media Services business. More specifically, Gracenote will be part of a recently formed business unit called Tribune Digital Ventures, which is headed up by president Shashi Seth. Here’s what we can expect from Tribune and Gracenote as they begin working more closely together. Read More

  • Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million

    Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million

    Global consumer electronics conglomerate Sony is getting a tiny bit leaner with the sale of Gracenote, a business unit that provides audio recognition and metadata solutions to a number of device manufacturers and media companies. Tribune will spend $170 million to buy out Gracenote in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, and will combine it with Tribune Media… Read More

  • Gracenote’s New TV Sync API Could Spawn Indie Second-Screen Apps

    Gracenote’s New TV Sync API Could Spawn Indie Second-Screen Apps

    Imagine watching a classic mystery film or seasons of Lost while using a second-screen app that gives you unofficial insights and conspiracy theories as their plots move along. That’s the promise of Gracenote’s new audio fingerprinting API that allows apps to hear your TV so they can show you content related to the exact moment you’re viewing. Read More

  • Gracenote’s Ad Replacement System That Personalizes TV Commercials Will Start Trials In 2013

    Gracenote’s Ad Replacement System That Personalizes TV Commercials Will Start Trials In 2013

    Most TV commercials are poorly targeted and show things you’d never buy. But not for long. Gracenote‘s new ad replacement system combines viewing habits with personal info to show you more relevant commercials. Gracenote will demo it at CES and start trials in 2013. The rev-share is still in talks, but higher CPMs could enlarge the $70 billion TV ad market and give Gracenote… Read More

  • Live From Hollywood: Google's Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala

    Live From Hollywood: Google's Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala

    I’m here at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California for a special media event where Lala, MySpace, iLike, Google and others are officially announcing the launch of Google’s Music Onebox — a special new kind of Google search result that will let you instantly stream songs directly from Google’s results page. We first broke the news of the feature’s impending… Read More

  • Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

    Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

    Sony has agreed to acquire Gracenote for about $260M. Gracenote provides a range of music-related solutions including MusicID, which detects which song is currently being played by an application and loads track information for the user (such as artist and album names). MusicID leverages a database of over 6M CDs and 80M tracks. Its technology has been in development since 1995 (previously… Read More

  • Lyrics Websites Strike Sour Note With Songwriters

    Lyrics Websites Strike Sour Note With Songwriters

    We’ve all been there, searching for the words to Weezer’s My Name is Jonas because you can’t tell if Rivers Cuomo says “just like Grandma made when we couldn’t find something to eat” or “just like Grandma made when we couldn’t find sleep”. I see it all the time, it’s an epidemic. Read More

  • The Future Of Copyright Protection Is Here And It Costs $11 An Hour

    It’s no secret that video sites like YouTube benefited from added traffic generated by hosting copyrighted content. But as these sites get acquired, integrate advertising, or just want to avoid a billion dollar lawsuit, they seek to shed their seedy past to stay kosher with the big media giants they hope will feed them content and advertising dollars. There are a lot of startups… Read More